A mosquito pool in the City of Windsor has tested positive for West Nile Virus and this is the first sign of the deadly virus in Windsor-Essex County this year.
Fortunately, no human cases of West Nile Virus have been identified in Windsor-Essex County to date.
The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit says that this first positive mosquito pool test of the season is an indicator that the virus is still in our community and residents should continue to protect themselves against mosquitoes.
Dr. Allen Heimann, Medical Officer of Health, says “This is a good reminder for residents to eliminate any standing water and to take personal protective measures to avoid mosquito bites”.
The Health Unit says citizens can protect themselves from mosquito bites in several ways:
- Use insect repellents that contain DEET or other approved ingredients when going outdoors. Read and follow the manufacturers’ directions for safe use.
- Make sure that door and window screens fit securely and are free of holes.
- Limit the time you spend outdoors at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active.
- Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and a hat when outdoors. Light-coloured clothing is best as mosquitoes tend to be attracted to dark colours.
For more information on the West Nile Virus, you can visit the Health Unit’s comprehensive micro-site at http://www.wechealthunit.org/diseases-conditions/west-nile-virus